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The Chinese stock market plays a very different role in its economy to Western markets.
China's slowdown will cast a long shadow for global economic growth from the Americas to Australia.
A cleaner walks past a promotional poster at an Africa Development bank meeting in Shanghai. Western perceptions of China’s investments in Africa are off the mark.
Contrary to Western views, China is in Africa for business. Between 1998 and 2012, about 2000 Chinese firms invested in 49 countries on the African continent.
“In economics, things take longer to happen than you think they will, and then they happen faster than you thought they could.”
While recent days have witnessed a sharp sell-off in global stock markets it is important to remember that investment is generally a long-term game.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott watches the signing of the free trade agreement with China, which he now accuses Labor of opposing for ‘racist’ reasons.
Charges of racism against Labor for querying aspects of the free trade deal with China are a mark of how much Australian attitudes have changed and how adversarial politics fuels hyperbolic attacks.
China’s mourning over the Tianjin disaster has taken place both online and off.
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Social media is rewriting patterns of communication in China.
China’s sharemarket may be in free fall; but its economy is not.
The ASX was rocked by a fall in China's sharemarket. But the fundamentals don't bear out the panic.
Many people simply didn’t see China’s correction coming.
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Fears of a currency war have not come to fruition in Asia, making Asia's current market woes look even more like the effects of contagion.
Why stock markets across the world have plunged into the red.
Few would disagree with the idea that China is a rising power with great international ambitions. For many policymakers, commentators and citizens in China, restoring its greatness and accustomed centrality…
Rumours are swirling around Bangkok about who’s behind the bombings, which make it even more unlikely democracy will be restored any time soon.
Thailand has enough of its own political enemies, both internally and externally, that will likely be considered as the investigation into a pair of bombings continues.
Sodium cyanide has a particularly unpleasant reputation but if officials act fast they should be able to limit its damaging effects.
Downtown Tianjin: reeling from the recent explosion.
The Tianjin explosion may hurt the city's economy. But it will hurt its corrupt officials more.
The blast site at Tianjin.
The history of a city that went up in flames.
What is it about northeast Asia? Why is it that a part of the world that is a byword for unparalleled economic development and astounding social transformation can’t come to terms with its past and develop…
A drummer performs at the Beijing International Jazz Festival.
With Blue Note Jazz Club opening a venue in Beijing, a genre that's flagging stateside may experience a Far East revival.
Japan’s neighbours will interpret whatever Shinzo Abe says about his nation’s wartime aggression in the light of his government’s shift to more hawkish policies.
In the West, it is often forgotten that 1945 marks the end of not only the second world war but also of a much longer period of political and social upheaval in Asia.
A change in the scales isn’t likely to put a major dent in the growth in US exports to China.
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China's interventions to cheapen its currency relative to others will hurt US imports in the short term, but the country's surging "mainstream" will easily offset the impact.
Undervalued or overvalued? It depends on your perspective.
The US may not like it, but by devaluing the yuan the People's Bank of China has done what longtime critics of China’s currency policy have long been clamouring for.
Why the Chinese yuan took its biggest one-day loss in two decades.